Concrete Products

AUG 2014

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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20 • August 2014 appointed Pipe and Precast director fve years later, with responsibilities for Sioux City and Boone, Iowa, operations. Separately, Besser has named Brian Christle the new Precast operations manag- er. He joined the Sioux City headquarters in 1989 as an engineer, transferring to Boone 10 years later. Since 2010, he has been manufacturing manager while maintaining engineering responsibilities. Also, Gary Er- icson is serving a dual role as operations manager and director of Sales for Pipe. He began working for McCracken Concrete Pipe Machinery in 1978, installing equipment throughout the Americas as well as working in the machine assembly area of the plant. In 1985, he transitioned to territory sales representative, eventually taking on the position of North American sales manager, leading to a director of Sales appointment over the pipe product line. Venture Measurement, manufacturer of Bindicator, Kistler-Morse and Niagara Meters brands, has appointed Ben Gambrel as vice president and general manager. He joined Venture parent Danaher Corp. in 2007, and was most recently responsible for global product marketing and business de- velopment for one of its other divisions. Mack Trucks has commenced a $26 mil- lion upgrade of the Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly facility in Pennsylvania, aiming to improve plant effciency and raise quality. The investment includes a comprehensive realignment of sub-assembly and material handling to more effciently support the main vehicle assembly lines. The plant will also implement new processes and install equipment to improve post-production in- spection and completed-vehicle testing. Brian Christle Gary Ericson BRIEFS MANUFACTURERS Bowco broadens Meadow Burke footprint in underground precast Meadow Burke has closed on Bowco Indus- tries, crediting the Canby, Ore., company for customer service, high-quality design, and setting "the standard for precision-engineered products for the utility and underground pre- cast industry," and bringing "Meadow Burke another facet of revolutionary advantage of any other company in the industry." Bowco products range from duct ter- minators and related accessories, threaded inserts and insert locators, plastic coat- ed and galvanized pulling irons, manhole steps, lift pins and septic tank compo- nents. "The Bowco line gives [us] the most comprehensive line of precast products, strengthening our leadership position in the concrete accessory industry," contends Meadow Burke President Jan Olsen. Beyond Bowco products, he adds, Mead- ow Burke gains a wealth of industry experi- ence, knowledge and an expanded customer base through the acquisition. "We see the synergy between Meadow Burke and Bowco as a win-win. The com- bined strengths of the two companies will logically diversify and grow our market share," says Vice President of Operations and Development Doug Crawford. OBER .com R OBER T ROBERT OBER & ASSOCIATES, LLC INDUSTRIAL DESIGN CONSULTANTS SPECIALTY & RETROFIT CONTRACT ORS

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